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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L302
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : DDM
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Module details

Programme Year One

In Year One, students will be introduced to the classic work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim before exploring 20th century social theorists, thus laying a strong foundation for future study. On the practical side, there are two linked modules [Social Change in Contemporary Society 1 and 2], which look at issues such as the family, social class, gender and ‘race’. A further introductory module, Studying Society, looks at the use of social science research methods and ensures that by the second year all students are fully acquainted with IT and virtual learning tools.

Core modules:

  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1
  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities
  • Studying Society
  • Introduction to Crime and Society
  • Controlling Crime – An Introduction

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Sociological Theory (SOCI101)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims
  • To introduce key classic and contemporary sociological theories.

  • ​ To give students an appreciation of the relevance of sociological theory in producing knowledge of the social world.

  • ​To support and guide engagement both with a series of canonical sociological texts and the critiques thereof (and with specific respect to their gendered and ethnocentric nature)

  • ​To describe and examine a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within sociology and evaluate their application in differing contexts

  • Learning OutcomesFamiliarity with key sociological theories and their inter-relation​​An ability to evaluate the respective contribution of specific sociological theories/theorists to the discipline
    ​A capacity to identify and assess the relative merits of sociological theory for the analysis of the social

    ​An appreciation of the complexity and diversity of social life

    ​Competence in using major theoretical perspectives and concepts in sociology, and appreciation of their contribution to knowledge 

  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1 (SOCI102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • Encourages you to think about history in sociological terms, particularly about the ways in which an understanding of the past can help to illuminate the present.
  • Provides you with an appreciation of continuity and change in social life in Britain, with an emphasis, inter alia, on politics, social policy, the economy, family life, and social and cultural relations.

  • Provides you with an understanding of how different social scientists have studied, described and explained these processes of continuity and change in various areas of social life​.

  • Provides you with a way of putting wider processes of continuity and change in social, cultural, political and historical context​.

  • Provides you with a foundation of theories, concepts and knowledge for study at the second and third years. ​

  • Learning OutcomesEncourages you to  describe processes of social continuity and change over time in various areas of social life from a sociological perspective.

    Encourages you to think critically about what we gain by investigating the links between the present and the past.

    ​Encourages you to apply and evaluate sociological theories and concepts in relation to various conceptual, methodological and empirical issues surrounding the question of history and the analysis of social change in various areas of social life.

    Supports the transition to modules in the second year with knowledge and understanding of key events and debates  in social, political and economic ​life.

  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities (SOCI103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To provide students with an appreciation of the main changes that have taken place in British society since 1945, with a particular emphasis on ''race'' and ethnicity, gender and social class.

     

  • ​To provide students with an understanding of how sociologists have studied, described and explained these changes.

  • Learning Outcomes

    to describe and explain some of the main social changes that have taken place in British society since 1945 by drawing upon sociological studies. 

    ​to discuss the inter-relationship between ''race'', ethnicity, class and gender and understand the influence of these on society.

    to evaluate different sociological concepts and theories and relate these to broader historical, social and political contexts.
  • Studying Society (SOCI106)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    AimsTo introduce students to the field of social enquiry and its proper objects of studyTo introduce students to the principles and process of social researchTo introduce students to strategies for finding, accessing and evaluating sources of informationTo introduce students to basic methods and techniques of data production and analysisTo introduce students to basic techniques for presenting and communicating information effectively 
    Learning OutcomesAn understanding of the nature of social enquiry and its objects of attentionAn understanding of key principles in social researchAn understanding of the social research processAn ability to find and access existing sources of informationAn ability to critically evaluate sources of information and knowledge claimsAn ability to produce and analyse both qualitative and quantitative data effectively

    An ability to present and communicate information and findings of research in an effective manner

  • Introduction to Crime and Society (SOCI107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To provide an introduction to sociological criminology

  • To introduce concepts and frameworks through which the nature, extent and ‘causes’ of crime have been conceptualised

  • To consider how crime is constructed, perceived and responded to within society

  • To explore the inter-relationships between crime, social problems and their context

  • Learning Outcomes

    Explain how crime is constructed as a social problem.

    Discuss some of the main ways in which sociologists and academic criminologists have sought to explain ‘crime’.

    Distinguish the approaches taken by sociological criminologists and compare them to other approaches (such as common-sense).

    Comment on the relationship between theories of crime and popular, media and/or policy-responses.

    Situate discussions of crime and criminalisation within an understanding of social divisions in contemporary society.

  • Controlling Crime - An Introduction (SOCI108)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To provide an introduction to the main institutions of criminal justice

  • To explore and reflect critically on key concepts and debates about criminal justice responses to crime and victimisation

  • To raise awareness about how crime and victimisation are constructed in by agents and practices of crime control

  • An appreciation of the range of responses to crime and deviance and an ability to interpret the values and practices of the agencies which administer them.

  • Learning OutcomesFamiliarity with key institutions of the criminal justice system, their roles and context (historical/social).An understanding of relevant criminal justice concepts, debates and approaches and be able to employ these to reflect critically on criminal justice institutions.

    ​Discuss the social and historical origins and development of the main institutions of crime and justice alongside new and emergent forms of crime control including the police, courts, and policy measures. 

Programme Year Two

Having established a firm grounding, second year students begin to increase their in-depth understanding of social theory and research methods, and broaden their knowledge of different topics in the discipline through a wide range of options.

Core modules currently include:

  • Contemporary Social Theory: Thinkers and Perspectives
  • Foundations of Social Inquiry
  • Social Research Methods 1: Quantitative Research Methods
  • Social Research Methods 2: Qualitative Social research Methods

Optional modules currently include:

  • Social Exclusion
  • Crime Deviance and Culture
  • Punishment, Penalty and Prisons: Criminal Debate
  • The Black Presence –Migration and Settlement in Britain 1800-1979
  • Comparing Welfare States
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Domestic and International Drug Policy
  • Urban Sociology
  • Policing, Crime and Social Control

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Thinking Sociologically: Approaches to Social Inquiry (SOCI242)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • To introduce students to some of the major theories and perspectives on how social life can be studied and understood

     

  • ​To encourage reflection on the ways in which sociologists seek to approach studies of phenomena, with particular reference to the major philosophical underpinnings of social science relative to knowledge production.

  • ​To give students an appreciation of the ways in which sociologists use theories as a way to support empirical inquiry.

  • To encourage students towards a critical approach to knowledge production and to the distinctive contribution sociology makes therein. ​

  • Learning Outcomes

    An ability to evaluate the contribution of a range of influential thinkers and perspectives on the organization of social action and social structure.

     

    ​Familiarity with major traditions within the philosophy of social science, and the position of key thinkers therein.

    ​A capacity to problematize taken-for-granted accounts of knowledge (relative to both ‘everyday’ and ‘scientific’ understandings).

    ​An appreciation of the relationship between theory and method in the context of some of the major classic and contemporary sociological accounts

  • Quantitative Social Research Methods (SOCI247)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce students to the usage of quantitative data and methods in explaining the social world

  • To encourage students to reflect on the issues raised in attempting to gain reliable knowledge regarding the social world

  • To give students practical experience of working with and appropriately analysing data relevant to their studies​

  • ​To encourage reflection on the strengths and limitations of using quantitative data in the social sciences

  • To prepare students for independent research using a range of quantitative data

  • Learning Outcomes Assess the strengths and limitations of ''real-world'' usage of quantitative data

    Assess claims made about the nature of the social world based on quantitative data and establish their quality​

    Produce independent analysis based on a range of quantitative data sources​

    Appropriately present quantitative data​

    Use specialist statistical analysis software​

    Appreciate the range of quantitative ​data available for social research

  • Qualitative Social Research Methods (SOCI248)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  •  Introduce students to a range of research methods used in sociological research.

  • ​To give stduents some practical experience of data collection, analysis and presentation.

  • ​To encourage students to think about the ethical, epistemological and
    practical considerations of designing a research study and conducting social
    research.

  • To reflect on the role of the researcher in collecting and generating data.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Select a research method to inform a particular research area/ research questions.

    Analyse and present primary qualitative data.

    ​Consider the ethical implications of their research, and demonstrate a good understanding of situated field ethics.

    Reflect critically on their role as a researcher and demonstrate and awareness of the socio-political context of research.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Social Exclusion (SOCI205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To explore and evaluate the theory and practice of social exclusion as it relates to class, ''race'', disability, sexual orientation and gender

  • To consider the impact of social policy on exclusion and policy options/strategies for the future

  • To evaluate the theory and practice of social action as a response to social exclusion

  • To explore the intersectionality of different groups'' experiences ​

  • Learning Outcomes

    Distinguish and apply different theoretical approaches to social exclusion

    Evaluate policy responses and social action to counter social exclusion

    Situate the relationship between exclusion and other forms of social stratification

  • Comparing Welfare States (SOCI207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • Sets out and explains Esping-Andersen’s typology of welfare regimes, ''the three worlds of welfare capitalism''.

  • ​Introduces the concepts of ''(de)commodification'', ''(de)stratification'' and ''systems of exchange'' and underlines their significance in understanding ''the mixed economy of welfare'' in different countries.

  • ​Compares and contrasts welfare settlements in liberal, conservative and social democratic regimes with reference to the examples of the USA, Germany and Sweden.

  • ​Provides concetpual tools for critically assessing claims about the similarities and differences between countries'' welfare settlements.

  • ​Shows how welfare policy is shaped by a complex interaction of economic, social and political forces, operating at both national and international levels and over long periods of time.

  • ​Demonstrates that by taking a comparative approach to the study of welfare states, we broaden our knowledge and understanding of social, political and economic affairs in a range of different contexts including our own.

  • Learning OutcomesDemonstrate knowledge of Esping-Andersen’s typology of welfare regimes.

    ​Link Esping-Andersen’s typology to the concepts of ''(de)commodification'' and ''(de)stratification''.

    ​Use Esping-Anderson''s work as a basis for comparing and contrasting welfare settlements in at least two different countries.

    ​Draw on a wide body of evidence to critically assess claims about the similarities and differences between welfare regimes, including those of Esping-Anderson.

    Connect the development of welfare to the ''political economy'' of different kinds of capitalist societies.​

    ​Outline how ''the mixed economy of welfare'' in different countries changes over time in response to wider social, political and economic challenges and crises.

    ​Think across a broad range of welfare settlements in different countries and locate the UK experience within this broader comparative context.

  • Understanding Non-profit Organisations: Work-based Learning (SOCI212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  •  To engage in 48hrs of volunteering with a non-profit organisation

     

  • ​Make connections between the placement experience and organisational theory, social policies, and practice

  • ​To foster experimental learning requiring you to reflect on your placement experience and learning

  • To assist you in bridging the gap between the workplace and your academic studies

  • Learning Outcomes

    Have made a contribution to a non-profit organisation by working as a volunteer for a minimum of 48 hrs.

     

    ​ Understand discourses related to volunteering

    ​ Understand the interface between the host organisation and social policies

    ​ Understand the service offered by the organisation in the context of the welfare mix

    ​Be able to make a poster presentation and reflect on their actions and learning

    Apply organisational theory to practice within the host organisation​

  • Understanding Digital Culture & Society (SOCI213)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​To encourage and enable students to think critically about the place of technology in society

    To introduce students to key theories of the digital ageTo introduce students to key debates regarding the implications of digitisation in social, political, economic, and cultural life To encourage and enable students to reflect critically on their own digital lives and practice
    Learning Outcomes

    ​A critical understanding of the place of technology in society

    ​An understanding of key theories of the digital age

    ​An understanding of key debates regarding the implications of digitisation in social, political, economic, and cultural life

    ​An ability to reflect critically on one’s own digital life and practice

  • Gender, Sexuality & Everyday Life (SOCI218)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce students to the sociology of gender and everyday life withreference to issues around sexuality.

  • ​To enable students understand how gender and sexuality intersect with other
    dimensions of social life and how intersectionality relates to the construction
    and perpetuation of norms and beliefs and to social, economic and health
    inequalities.

  • ​To facilitate and develop students'' understandings of their social world and wider social worlds to enable them to reflect on and critique taken-forgranted dimensions of everyday life.

  • Learning OutcomesDeveloped a critical understanding of gender and sexuality as sociologicalconcepts

    Aware of the diverse and changing nature of gender identities, including
    sexual identities, within Western societies

    Understanding of the major discourses surrounding gender within sociology,
    as well as those which have arisen within the study of everyday life.

    Consider how gender and sexuality intersect with age, ethnicity and socialclass to produce and reproduce inequalities
  • The Black Presence - Migration and Settlement in Britain 1800-1979 (SOCI223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  •  To introduce students to historically changing concepts, such as ''race'', racial ideology, social class and community.

     

  • ​To instil in students an awareness of recent history and historical change, particularly the relationship between ''race'', class and gender and how this relates to forms of discrimination and inequality.

  • ​To make students aware of the long tradition of migration and settlement of black communities in Britain, in particular their presence in port cities such as Liverpool

  • ​To examine the historical context within which black communities emerged and settled (slavery, colonialism and post war migration) and and how this relates to forms of discrimination and inequality.

  • ​To assess the neglected contribution that black communities have made to British society 

  • Learning Outcomes

    To have acquired a greater historical awareness of black settlement in Britain and to have some understanding of the importance of historical sociology on the study of present society.

    ​Have a critical understanding of the socio-economic and political context within which black settlement has occurred over the last 250 years, including anti-immigration legistlation

    ​To have gained some knowledge and understanding of the positive contribution black communities have made to British society, often in very adverse conditions

    ​Have knowledge of the range of sources used to document black settlement and be aware of the methodological problems in trying to document the historical experiences of the ''disempowered''.

  • Urban Sociology (SOCI236)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​To provide an introduction to classical and contemporary social scientific approaches to the study of urban life

  • ​To introduce key classcial and contemporary academic studies of urbanism

  • ​To situate the distinctive contribution made by sociologists to our understanding of cities 

  • ​To critically examine key empirical studies on the social and cultural aspects of city life 

  • Learning Outcomes​ An awareness of the landmark social studies of modern urbanism

      ​An appreciation of the spatial form taken by social inequalities in urban capitalist contexts

      ​Capacity to describe and assess some of the major political interventions in city life in the modern period 

      Understanding of the relationship between theoretical and methodological studies of ​the urban

    • Understanding Policing and the Police (SOCI241)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      • To introduce some key concepts, topics anddebates in the sociology of policing and the police
      • To provide an overview of the historicaldevelopment of modern police organisations
      • To examine critically the role, function and conduct of police organisations, including the significance of the idea of ''cop culture''
      • To discuss and debate the significance of different social divisions and inequalities for understanding policing ​
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Be able to recognise and comment upon the significance of different accounts of the emergence of modern police organisations, and of their role and function in society​ 

      ​Be able to identify some of the different institutions which are involved in contemporary policing, and demonstrate an awareness of some of the challenges posed by an increasingly plural policing environment​​

      ​Be able to explain and critically evaluate the idea that there is a distinctive ‘cop culture’​

      ​Be able to recognise and comment upon the relevance of key social divisions (including class, gender and race) for thinking about policing and police organisations​

      ​Demonstrate an awareness of issues of police governance and accountability, including the significance of human rights​

    • Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment (SOCI244)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
    • To critically explore the main sociological and criminological perspectives on crime, justice and punishment 

    • ​To investigate the historical emergence of theoretical thought in relation to crime and subsequent development within particular perspectives

    • ​To critically assess and the strengths and limitations of particular concepts associated with different theoretical perspectives

    • ​To explore how key theoretical concepts and ideas relate to criminal justice practice

    • ​To critically understand these perspectives as they relate to social divisions (class, ‘race’, gender, sexuality and age)

    • Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate critical awareness of the historical and contemporary significance of criminological concepts deployed to explain crime, justice and punishment 

      ​Exhibit understanding of the ways in which crime, justice and punishment are contested within and outside of academic thinking

      ​Distinguish between different conceptual frames of reference and compare and contrast their strengths and weaknesses

      ​Situate theoretical thought within the world of policy and criminal justice practice

      ​Demonstrate how criminal justice theory and practice intersect with social fractures, inequalities and social divisions

    • Deviance, Youth and Culture (SOCI252)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To explore the main academic literature sources relevant to the study of deviance and deviancy.

      ​To examine historical and contemporary debates on deviancy in the UK and beyond.

      ​To examine the different functions and strategies of the media and culture to ‘policing’ youth.

      ​To provide a critical insight into the key cultural practices of deviance.

      ​To identify the form of power that constitutes deviant practices.

      Learning Outcomes

      Use and apply the main sources of deviancy literature for sociological research and analysis of social and political life.

      ​Understand the relationship between deviancy, culture and youth as a contested form of social regulation.

      ​Evaluate the impact and effects of media representations, discourses, ideology and media technologies in the construction of deviance and criminality.

      ​Appreciate and situate cultural practices of resistance as part of the process of social ordering.

      ​Demonstrate the relationship between theory, analysis and interpretation and the skills associated with evaluation and presentation.

    • Punishment, Penality and Prisons: Critical Debates (SOCI254)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To provide a broad overview of the historical, theoretical and comparative foundations of punishment and imprisonment nationally and internationally.

    • ​​​​To examine the experiences and outcomes of imprisonment for identifiable groups of prisoners including: children and young people; women; black and minoritised people; older people.

    • ​To introduce a range of key debates and controversies surrounding the questions of punishment, penality and prisons in ‘modern’ societies and to subject them to social scientific interrogation.

    • Learning Outcomes

      An understanding of the trajectory of state policy responses in respect of punishment, penality and prisons (particularly in the UK) from the early nineteenth century to the present.  

      An ability to critically analyse the competing theoretical rationales for the practices of modern punishment, penality and imprisonment including: constructions of moral responsibility; deterrence; retribution; rehabilitation; reform; deserts; proportionality; incapacitation.

      ​A familiarity with the contemporary politics of imprisonment and comparative penal regimes.

      ​A grasp of the impact of imprisonment on prisoners in general and specific groups of prisoners in particular.

      A capacity to critically assess the legitimacy of prisons together with alternative, penal reductionist and abolitionist perspectives.
    • Culture, Power and Social Change (SOCI256)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      1. To explore a range of interdisciplinary literature pertinent to social change in order to understand these phenomena as a feature of modern societies.

      2. ​To examine the spaces and social locations that cultural change arises within (for example; in popular media; popular music and subcultural practices)    

      3. ​To highlight the key criminological and sociological debates in and around cultural struggles and how this relates to the process of social change.

      Learning Outcomes

      Understand the main theoretical positions and controversies surrounding the concept of social and cultural change

       

      ​Understand the relationship between social change, deviance, crime, power and social change in modern societies 

      ​Critically evaluate how  practices of social harm cultural struggle may be ‘normalized’ in contemporary societies and how these contests are identified and responded to

      ​Identify spaces and social locations which are reflected and reinforced through cultural practices

      ​Identify a range of social divisions that intersect with cultural  practice – age, ‘race’, gender, class and sexuality

      ​Demonstrate an awareness of the role cultural struggle and change plays in socio-spatial disruptions, social identities, power relations  

    • Age Studies (SOCI294)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • An examination of representations of ageing in:western social, political and philosophical thought; social policy; medicine;art;fashion;advertising;      literature.

       

       

       

    • An examination of the tension between discourses of age and the experience of age together with the interactions between the multiple definitions of age understood in chronological, biological, cultural, psychological, social and statistical terms.
    • To discuss sociological approaches to ageing including new developments in theoretic

    • To discuss sociological approaches to constructing and reconstructing age categories including childhood, adolescence, teenage, mid-life, the third and fourth age

    • To use personal reflections and data gathering to explore individual experiences of ageing through the life course

    • Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate an understanding of current sociological debates on the study of ageing.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      ​Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate empirical evidence pertaining to ageing as a social, cultural and historical construction.

      Demonstrate an ability to link experience with theory and policy by critically reflecting on social and cultural attitudes towards ageing through the life course from one’s own situated viewpoint

    Programme Year Three

    By Year Three, students will have the choice to study specialist subjects in-depth and develop their independent learning. Those who opt for a dissertation are given freedom to pursue their interest in a topic of their own choice, whilst those opting for our Applied Social Research or Social Policy Project get a chance to combine work experience with academic rigour. We have considerable expertise in combining your research interests with the needs and aims of local agencies.

    One of the following core modules:

    • Dissertation 1
    • Dissertation 2
    • Interchange Portfolio: Work Based Learning

    Optional modules currently include:

    • Health, Lifecourse and Society
    • Gender and Crime
    • Gender, the Body and Identity
    • The Risk Society: Crime, Security and Public Policy
    • Youth, Crime, Youth Justice and Social Control
    • Politics, Social Policy and the State
    • The Cultural Economy of Cities
    • Social Control and the City
    • The Body and Society
    • Criminal Victimisation, Welfare and Policy

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Dissertation 2 (SOCI301)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • Supports you to acquire research skills through independent research and project management by pursuing a substantial research project.
    • ​Supports you to undertake a substantial piece of supervised written work based on research into a topic of your choice.

    • Helps you develop your abilities to plan and manage your own learning.​

    • Facilitates you in developing research skills and provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a particular topic.​

    • Provides an opportunity to design and carry out substantial independent analysis of data and/or other research materials, whether primary or secondary data or theoretical or methodological arguments.​

    • Enables you to exercise the inter-personal and time management skills required for independent research.​

    • Provides an opportunity to frame and complete a substantial piece of writing.​

    • Learning OutcomesDemonstrate the ability to explore a topic of your own choosing in depth by means of independent research.

      ​Apply your growing critical judgement and powers of analysis to your chosen topic and area of inquiry.

      ​Use skills in project management, critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating data and evidence for a substantial project.

      Develop a grasp of the literatures which have a bearing on your chosen project.​

      ​Justify the selection and use of your chosen research methods.

      ​Demonstrate the capacity to report back on the research as a whole and what emerged from it through the process of writing up the final dissertation.

    • Interchange Portfolio: Work-based Learning (SOCI303)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To engage you in an extended placement and self-directed learning in partnership with VCO, in which you will complete an agreed project with the external organisation;
    • To allow you on the basis of this placement experience to describe and analyse connections between theory, research, social policy and practice;

    • To foster experiential learning by requiring you to reflect on your placement experience and learning;

    •  To assist you to further develop your understanding of the workplace and bridge the gap between their academic studies and future employment.

    • Learning Outcomes

      Negotiating a learning agreement;

      ​Developing a structured approach to research ethics and risk assessment;

      ​Producing a Client Report for the host VCO;

      ​Understanding the project within other academic work and literature 

      Understanding the nature of VCOs within the local and national policy context

      ​Reflecting on the practical problems which arose during the course of the project, and outlining the solutions adopted for them. You will be able to demonstrate how decisions were revised in the light of these experiences, alongside alternative strategies, and show an understanding of your own role in the project and how it affected others

      Understanding methodology by demonstrating awareness of current debates in sociologicalmethodology and where appropriate being able to apply this to the project

    Year Three Optional Modules

    • Health, Lifecourse & Society (SOCI307)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To demonstrate the relevance of sociological approaches to understanding health, illness and the lifecourse by considering a range of substantive issues and the contribution made by different theoretical perspectives to illuminating them.

       

    • To examine critically new developments in theoretical and methodological approaches to the social and cultural study of health and the lifecourse
    • To review a variety of empirical studies on the social and cultural aspects of health, illness and the lifecourse
    • Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate an understanding of ways in which sociological approaches can assist in explaining experiences of health, illness and the lifecourse.

       

       

      Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical approaches to the health, illness and the lifecourse. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate sources of data, including official statistics and examples of empirical research, in terms of the contribution they make to understanding health, illness and the lifecourse in its social context.

    • Gender and Crime (SOCI308)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To raise key issues concerning the gendered nature of work on deviance

    • Exploring feminism''s contribution to criminology​

    • Exploring the link between masculinities and crime​

    • Studying the experiences of female offenders​

    • Exploring the experiences of women as victims​

    • Learning Outcomes

      An understanding of the gendered nature of work on deviance 

      An understanding of feminist contributions to the study of criminology 

      Knowledge of key debates within criminology concerning the nature of offending by men and women, the treatment of women in the criminal justice system and women''s victimisation and fear of crime​

    • Social Control and the City (SOCI310)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
    • To understand the main theoretical arguments and debates around social control and surveillance practices.

    • ​To examine the relationship between the urban state power and the development of surveillance practices and social control

    • ​To critically assess the relationship between the prevention of crime, social control and how these impact upon populations defined by class, gender, ''race'' and age

    • To explore social control practices as they impact on uses of space and coneptions of ''place'' 
    • Learning Outcomes

      Grasp the main theoretical debates around social control in the urban context

       

      ​Understand the relationship between city development and the problem of social order

      ​Appreciate the contested nature of both urban social order and the meaning of ''public space''

      ​Critically assess the relationship between crime prevention practices, social control and the constitution of social order in the city

    • Gender, the Body and Identity (SOCI315)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To introduce and review developments in social, cultural and philosophical theories of gender.
    • ​To develop conceptual tools to understand and engage with feminist debates on gender, the body and identity.

    • ​To examine a number of different and contrasting theoretical approaches which place gender, the body and identity at the centre of analysis: including feminist sociology, radical feminism, corporeal feminism, post-structural feminism, black feminism, queer theory and material feminism

    • ​To evaluate the form and structure of feminist arguments on the meaning and experience of gender for understandings of the body and power. 

    • Learning Outcomes

       Have knowledge of recent developments in social, philosophical and cultural theories of gender.

      ​Have an in depth understanding of the conceptual tools which surround theories of gender, the body and identity.

      ​Understand the key points of overlap and critical tensions between and within structuralist, constructivist, post-structuralist and materialist feminist theoretical frameworks.

      ​Demonstrate the relationship between theory, analysis and interpretation and the skills associated with evaluation and presentation.

    • Bodies and Society (SOCI317)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To demonstrate the sociological contributions to the study of the body

    • To show how this relatively recent focus on the body has challenged traditional sociological ways of thinking

    • To examine critically new developments in theoretical and methodological approaches to the sociology of the body ​
    • To review a variety of empirical studies on the social and cultural aspects of the body

    • Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate an understanding of current sociological debates on the study of the body 

       

       

      Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate empirical evidence pertaining to the body as a social,cultural and historical construction. ​

      Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical appraoches to the sociology of the body 

       

      Demonstrate an ability to research examples of the social and historical construction of the body.

    • Victimisation, Justice and Policy (SOCI319)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To situate current criminal justice policy pre-occupations with the victim of crime within the context of victimological and sociological theorising.

    • To evaluate the contribution of (auto)biographical data for victimology/criminology​

    • ​To map the nature and extent of criminal victimisation and its impact

    • To understand the role of victims’ movements in the formulation of criminal justice policy.

    • Learning Outcomes

      To develop a critical appreciation of the sub-discipline of victimology, its strengths and weaknesses. 

      An ability to appreciate alternative sources of data as a basis for understanding people''s experiences.​

      ​To have a sound, critical knowledge of the nature and extent of crime and its impact

      ​To critically evaluate the efficacy of the concept of the victim and victim-oriented policies within the contemporary cultural context.

    • The Risk Society: Crime, Security and Public Policy (SOCI320)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To investigate the impacts of risk in contemporary society

    • ​To evaluate risk management strategies in the areas of crime, security and welfare

    • To scrutinise the efficacy of social policies designed to reduce risk​

    • ​To explore conceptual and theoretical approaches to risk within the social sciences

    • Learning Outcomes

      Evaluating the impacts of crime, welfare and security risks on lived experience in the contemporary UK

      Identifying and understanding the social and cultural processes which shape the construction of security risks.

      ​Comprehending the relationship between the distribution of health risks and traditional forms of social stratification.

      ​Comparing theories of risk with ethnographic research into the effects of risk on everyday experience.

      ​Understanding policy approaches towards crime and security risks in terms of institutional regulation, legislation and management.

      ​Articulating the links between identity, individualization and reflexivity in contemporary western cultures.

    • Corporate Crime, Law and Power (SOCI321)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To identify the main literature and sources relevant to corporate crime

      ​To identify key historical and contemporary debates in corporate crime research

      ​To explore a range of theoretical explanations for the social production of corporate crime

      ​To develop an understanding of the social representation of corporate crime

      ​To analyse the problems associated with, and prospects for controlling, corporate crime

      Learning Outcomes

      The ability  to identify key sources of data about corporate crime, drawn from a range of disciplines and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

      ​An understanding of the problems of definition, recognition and measurement of corporate crime and how those might be overcome

      ​An understanding of the complex relationships between the law, corporations and power in both historical and contemporary contexts

      ​An understanding of the role of both national and transnational forms of regulation and law enforcement in the production and control of corporate crimes

      ​An ability to analyse corporate crime through the lense of a range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives 

    • Youth Crime, Youth Justice and Social Control (SOCI323)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To provide a critical overview of the historical development of state policy responses to youth crime (particularly within England and Wales) and to explore criminological and sociological conceptualisations of ‘youth’, ‘crime’, ‘criminalisation’ and ‘justice’.

    • ​To analyse the competing priorities and underpinning discourses that inform youth justice policy formation.

    • ​To explore the application of youth justice policy through the interventions of state agencies, and to consider the principal consequences of such interventions for ‘young offenders’, the management of youth crime and the regulation and governance of young people

    • Learning Outcomes

      An understanding of the trajectory of state policy responses to children and young people in conflict with the law from the early nineteenth century to the present and a familiarity with key debates within youth criminology and the sociology of youth justice.

       

       

      An awareness of key criminological and sociological debates and an ability to critically analyse the competing priorities, tensions and paradoxes intrinsic to ‘welfare’, ‘justice’ and ‘retributive’/‘punitive’ approaches to the delivery of youth justice.

       

      ​A critical grasp of the politics of youth crime, youth justice and social control.

       

      An appreciation of the temporal and spatial dimensions of youth justice and the significance of comparative transnational analyses.

    • Politics, Society and the State: Classic and Contemporary Ethnographies (SOCI325)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims
    • Provides an overview of ethnographic researchtraditions within the social and political sciences through an exploration ofclassic and contemporary studies.

    • Explores the important contributions of classic and contemporary ethnographic studies to our understanding of politics, society, government and the state.
    • Offer​s an introduction to conducting ethnographic research and analysing the results through lectures, seminars and hands-on experience of small scale fieldwork.

    • Outlines how sustained, in-depth observation and fieldwork, and the ''thick description'' it generates, can be used to establish new ways of thinking about many of the central topics of sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science and beyond: including the state, government, democracy, justice, power, culture, organisation, order, rationality, accountability and risk – and their dark ''others'': dictatorship, injustice, violence, disorganisation, disorder, disaster, irrationality, corruption, venality and greed.

    • Demonstrates clearly that, as students of social and political life, we have as much to learn from studies of African or Native American/First Nation societies of the past as from studies of globalised capitalist societies today.

    • Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate knowledge of the ethnographic traditions that criss-cross social and political studies of government and the ''relationships of rule'' in sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science and many other disciplines.

      ​Describe the pre-20th C precursors of contemporary studies, ''proto-ethnographies'', and the political contexts in which they acquired their power.

      ​Chart some of the different ways in which ethnographic studies of politics, society, government and the state developed over the 20th C up to the present day.

      ​Link ethnographic research to the key theoretical, methodological and political debates which motivate particular kinds of study: from the observational studies of ''the poor'' in the 19th C, through to studies of ''indigenous'' political organisation in the early 20th C, on to the emergence of the new social and political studies of states and governmental practices in the late 20th and early 21st C.

      Reflect on the focus on practices (political practices, policy practices, state and society making practices) as an important link between different kinds of ethnographic study.  

      ​Outline the contributions of ethnographic research to understandings of politics, society and the emergence of new forms of governmental activity.

      Conduct a small-scale observational study of politics-in-action and work evidence up under different theoretical, methodological and analytical frames.​

    • Culture, Economy and Cities (SOCI327)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • Introduce key theories and concepts regarding the interaction between cultural and economic forces within the city

    • Explain the current position of culture within political, economic and urban spheres by tracing their shifting historical inter-relation

    • Reveal the links between urban, economic and cultural development​

    • Learning Outcomes

      Understand the changing relationship between economic organisation and cultural activity

      Engage with, and critique, key theories regarding the role of culture in contemporary cities​

      Critically assess a range of theoretical accounts of the cultural economy​

      Gain an awareness of changes in cultural policy up to the present day, and appreciate the socioeconomic backdrop to these policies​

      Understand the fundamentally social nature of cultural production and consumption​

    • 'race', Community and Identity (SOCI346)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To explore the impact of colonialism on patterns of migration to Britain in the post war period and the creation of greater ethnic diversity.

       

    • To examine the changing nature of racism as an ideology by exploring and contextualising scientific and institutional forms of racisms and ''newer'' manifestations through Islamophobia. 

    • To examine the conflictual relationship between the state and minority ethnic communities through an examination of specific case studies

    • To unpack constructions of ethnic and national identity in the context of post-colonial Britain

    • Learning Outcomes

      To critically distingusih and evaluate different academic and political perspectives.

      Display an awareness of continuity and historical change in relation to ''race'' and British society

      To have some understanding of the relationship between broader socio-economic and political context and the issues of ''race'' and identify

      Recognise the way Britain''s former imperial position has impacted upon recent pluralities of identity and multicultural development

    • Community and Public Involvement in Crime and Criminal Justice (SOCI369)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To examine how communities/lay publics interact with and are ''involved'' in crime control and criminal justice institutions.
    • To subject the underlying rationales for community and public involvement in criminal justice to scrutiny​

    • To assess and examine the practice of public participation using the most recent research evidence, including students’ own research evidence.​

    • Learning Outcomes

      1. Identify and discuss the key concepts and theories underpinning public involvement in crime and criminal justice policy and practice and apply them in particular policy/institutional settings.

      Recognise the significance of social divisions and patterns of inequality for public participation and involvement.

      Explain the nature of social relationships between individuals, groups and criminal justice institutions.​

      Summarise and assess evidence concerning the nature, extent and implications of community and public involvement in crime and criminal justice.​

    • Architecture and Power: Parliaments, Prisons and Courts (SOCI372)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To provide students with an introduction to the classic and contemporary social studies of architects, architecture and the built environment (with particular reference to parlaiments, prisons and courts)

    • Encourage reflection on the different methodological and conceptual approaches that underpin such studies;​

    • Equip students with the skills to interrogate architecture from a (broadly understood) sociological perspective; ​

    • Learning Outcomes

      You will be able to situate architecture as a distinctive ‘social production’, and understand its implication in political projects and processes at a variety of levels

      You will gain ability to problematize ahistorical and asocial analyses of architecture

      You will be able present analysis of a specific architectural project from a coherent sociological perspective​

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


    Teaching and Learning

    You will be taught through a combination of face-to-face teaching in group lectures and small class sessions, tutorials and seminars, which are supplemented by opportunities to get one-to-one guidance from academic staff during their weekly ‘open office’ hours. The rest of your study time will be spent undertaking directed independent study, making use of our excellent library and IT facilities.

    You will also be supported throughout by an individual Academic Adviser. Learning is delivered in a variety of formats including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, guided independent study, group work and reflective and experiential learning.

    The primary purpose of lectures is to provide you with a broad introduction to key areas and debates on a given topic pitched at the appropriate level of study. The lectures aim to facilitate your reading and highlight issues to be explored during independent study time in preparation for seminars and assessment.

    Seminars provide opportunities to explore particular issues and debates in greater detail in a way that supplements and builds upon the lectures. Seminars also allow for greater levels of student participation and such participation will be actively encouraged throughout the programme. Workshops frequently follow the format of seminars but they also may be used to develop particular skills in a teaching context. For example, workshops develop skills in data analysis and skills in interviewing.

    Guided independent study may also feature in your learning experience. Group work is a feature of all seminar teaching and group work takes place both with and outside of formal scheduled classes.


    Assessment

    Assessment takes many forms, each appropriate to the learning outcomes of the particular module studied. Most modules are assessed by means  of a mixture of essays and examinations. Typically, a module in Year Two might involve a 4,000 word essay or a 2,500 word essay plus a one hour examination. Some modules are assessed wholly or in part by other appropriate means, such as the preparation of projects and individual or group presentations. The final degree class is based on Year Two and Three marks, weighted in favour  of Year Three marks.